What We Do
The Regulatory & Environmental Affairs Division operates a variety of programs that protect consumers from food safety-related and inaccurate product labelling issues. The division inspects stores to ensure that certain products are not out of date and that proper storage temperatures are being maintained. It tests feed, seed, and fertilizer samples to ensure they match label claims, and it also licenses soft-serve ice cream sellers to make sure their machines are properly cleaned and free of dangerous microorganisms. Associated laboratories support the work of the division. The Pesticide Regulatory Unit licenses products and commercial applicators. The division’s Environmental Programs Section conducts extensive water sampling and provides farmers with information and technical assistance.
What's Going On
What is the Veterinarian Feed Directive or VFD, and how
does it affect the farmers in West Virginia?
VFD is a written (nonverbal) statement issued by a licensed veterinarian
for the use of a VFD drug or combination VFD drug in or on animal feeds. This rule will change the way most West
Virginia farmers, and farmers around the nation receive medicated feed and
water soluble drugs. You will no longer
be able to go to your local feed store and purchase certain previous over the
counter drugs and/or feed with certain drugs. See the attached link for additional detailed information: http://www.agriculture.wv.gov/divisions/regulatoryandenvironmental/Pages/Veterinarian-Feed-Directive-(VFD)-.aspx
The WVDA READ Division wants to make sure everyone is prepared for the Veterinarian Feed Directive (VFD) requirements that go into effect January 1, 2017. From manufacturers to distributors, producers and veterinarians, the VFD is an important change for those in agriculture.